In despair, French hospital interns go on strike
Nestled in the cinderblock complex of Marseille’s sprawling La Timone hospital stands the intern residency building, home to a community of student doctors holding an exceptional, open-ended strike to demand a better future.
France’s vaunted public hospital system is increasingly stretched to its limits after years of cost cuts, and the interns at one of the country’s biggest hospitals say their internships are failing to prepare them as medical professionals. Instead, they’re being used to fill the gaps.
The movement isn’t directly linked to the retirement strikes convulsing France, but reflects a nationwide worry that public services are falling victim to global market pressures and an irrepressible French spirit of protest.
Photos and text by Daniel Cole.https://apimagesblog.com/blog/2019/12/27/in-despair-french-hospital-interns-go-on-strike